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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Apple was expected to unveil new iPhones, playing up eye-grabbing edge-to-edge screens in a bid to strengthen its position in a largely saturated global smartphone market.

Apple has remained mum about revelations planned for the event at its spaceship campus in Silicon Valley, but the timing fits its pattern of annually introducing iPhone updates.

In a first for Apple, the event will be streamed live on Twitter.

Speculation includes talk that Apple will introduce three new iPhone models infused with features from a premium iPhone X that debuted last year with a $1,000 price tag.

Top among those features will likely be edge-to-edge screens that promise to provide about 30 per cent more viewing space without increasing the size of overall handsets.

“I think they are trying to set a new high bar,” analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said of new iPhones expected to offer more display without increasing the size of the handset.

“The big thing is going to be how they fit such a massive screen into such a small device.”

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 10, 2018 (News Wires) - Apple is set to unveil new iPhones, aiming to gain fresh momentum in the premium segment of a global smartphone market showing signs of fatigue.

In its usual secretive style, Apple has remained mum about revelations planned for Wednesday's event at its spaceship campus in Silicon Valley, but the timing fits its pattern of annually introducing new iPhone models.

Speculation includes talk that Apple will introduce three new iPhone models, infusing some with features from a premium iPhone X that debuted last year with a $1,000 price tag.

While the iPhone has made Apple the world's most valuable company worth more than $1 trillion, it has slipped to third place among smartphone makers as Chinese-based Huawei has grabbed the number two spot.

Still, analysts say Apple has a formula that works with a loyal customer base and steady sales.

"There is nothing in their product line-up that isn't working for them in the premium segment of the market, so there is no imperative for them to break that mold," NPD analyst Stephen Baker said of Apple likely sticking with modest improvements in new iPhones this year

"They gobble up most of the profits. I don't think they are under any pressure at all."

Technalysis Research chief analyst Bob O'Donnell agreed that Apple is fine with holding its niche in the market.

"Apple doesn't have to prove anything, other than that they are willing to segment the market more," he said, while pointing out that the company will likely be "offering a wider array of choices."

CUPERTINO, Sept 7, 2018 - Apple Inc plans to create an online tool for police to formally request data about its users and to assemble a team to train police about what data can and cannot be obtained from the iPhone maker, according to a company letter seen by Reuters.

The letter, dated September 4, was from Apple General Counsel Kate Adams to US Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island.

Apple declined to comment beyond the letter.

Apple can and does provide some user data, such as data stored in its iCloud online service, to law enforcement officials if they make a valid legal request.

But Apple has sparred with US law enforcement officials because it encrypts its devices in such a way that Apple cannot access the devices if asked to do so.

 

 

NEW YORK, August 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Apple's new iPhone launch next month could be delayed by the virus outbreak at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) -- the world's biggest contract chip maker, the media reported recently.

TSMC, which makes chips for iPhones, suffered a computer virus outbreak and warned it could cause shipment delays as well as hit revenue.

"This incident has come at a sensitive period for Apple, which is preparing for its much-anticipated annual launch of new iPhone models next month after recording a market value of $1 trillion last week," the South China Morning Post reported late Friday.

A variant of "WannaCry" ransomware hobbled computer systems at TSMC after a supplier installed software without a virus scan to the company's computer network. The virus caused machines to crash and continually reboot.

TSMC makes plenty of chips designed for iPhones, so Apple would be the most likely client to suffer shipment delays.

"New York-listed TSMC has said the virus outbreak will delay its chip shipments through the end of September, but expected to make a recovery by year's end.

It had to shut down virus-infected fabrication tools and automated handling systems during the outbreak at its manufacturing facilities, but restored 80 per cent of those by Sunday," the report added.

The Taiwan semiconductor firm produces Apple's A11 chip that is in the iPhone X.

The firm is currently making the next-generation A12 chip that is expected to be in its upcoming smartphones.

The Cupertino-headquartered company is expected to launch three new iPhone models this year.

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, August 3, 2018 (News Wires) - Apple is the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets.

The milestone reached Thursday marks the latest triumph of a trend-setting company that two mavericks named Steve started in a Silicon Valley garage 42 years ago.

Apple's shares gained $5.89 to close at $207.39, leaving the company's market value a notch above $1 trillion - around $1,001,679,220,000, according to FactSet.

Apple sits atop a US stock market that has become dominated by technology-centered companies: Amazon, Google's parent Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook round out the top five in market value.

The achievement seemed unimaginable in 1997 when Apple teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, with its stock trading for less than $1, on a split-adjusted basis, and its market value dropping below $2 billion.

To survive, Apple brought back its once-exiled co-founder, Steve Jobs, as interim CEO and turned to its archrival Microsoft for a $150 million cash infusion to help pay its bills.

If someone had dared to buy $10,000 worth of stock at that point of desperation, the investment would now be worth about $2.6 million.

Jobs eventually shepherded a decade-long succession of iconic products such as iPhone that transformed Apple from a technological boutique to a cultural phenomenon and moneymaking machine.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2018 (News Wires) - A New report suggests that the cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone variant expected this fall will come in seven different colours to match the iPhone X leather case lineup.

September is a big month for Apple fans, who eagerly await the Keynote event to see the latest products.

This year is expected to bring three new iPhone models - two of which could be follow-ups to last year’s iPhone X with one possibly in the form of a spec-upgraded 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X and the other, according to industry speculation, an ‘iPhone X Plus’ that could be as large as 6.5-inch, also with an OLED screen and price tag around $999.

The third model could be a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, which could also be styled after the flagship but without some of the premium features, therefore carrying a more affordable price tag.

It’s this particular model that’s rumored to come in a new array of colours to complement the iPhone X leather case lineup.

Ming-Chi Kuo - regularly referred to as an ‘accurate’ Apple tipster by tech bloggers - previously predicted that the 6.1-inch model would be sold in gold, grey, white, blue, red and orange. Kuo also predicts a retail price of $600 — $700.

Now a new report from Macotakara indicates that lineup will consist of white, black, flash yellow, bright orange, electric blue, taupe and gold.

 

 

 

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